"And finally there's me, walking out the door, right fucking now."
Has there ever been a bigger waste of time and talent?Let's jump in headfirst. Each Room (from the title) is a short film directed by a different director with it's own little story. They are all strung together by a single character, Ted the Bellhop (Tim Roth).
Right here is my first problem.
I normally like Tim Roth. But from the moment I saw him, and knew the direction he was taking the character, I started to loathe him. He plays Ted as a sort of Keaton/Chaplin/Lewis hybrid. He's mugging, doing doubletakes, and reduced to stupid reaction shots. It doesn't work.
The first two of the segments don't work. The first ("The Missing Ingredient") is directed by Alison Anders (Gas Food Lodging) and features Lili Taylor, Madonna, Valeria Golino, and Ione Skye as witches trying to revive a long dead witch. Right. A little bit of nudity (although to be honest, the only person who should see Ione Skye naked would be Lloyd Dobler) would be the only thing to keep a viewer interested. Too bad Anders can't frame an of her shots worth a damn. Fast forward city.
Second Segment comes from director Alexandre Rockwell (In The Soup) and features Jennifer Beals. High point is Beals rattling off the countless slang terms for dick.
Third segment: Paydirt. Robert Rodriguez brings us "The Misbehavers," the best of the four stories. Ted is stuck babysitting the two little hellraisers of Antonio Banderas and Tamyln Tomita. Funny stuff.
The last segment ("The Man From Hollywood") immediately loses points because writer/director Tarantino acts here, too. Ack. Unbilled Bruce Willis cameo. It's basically your vintage Tarantino, all about rapid fire dialogue and pop culture references that he'll drive into the ground. It's not bad, but not as good as Rodriguez's effort before it.
So let's review: Tim Roth, Diane Court's breasts, Jennifer Beals, Tarantino acting...bad. Robert Rodriguez...good.Mixed bag, this movie here, but the final two segments can't salvage the sinkers that the first two make it.